Sorry for the lack of posting lately. Things have been both wonderfully busy and wonderfully not busy, and blogging hasn’t squeezed it’s way in there. Christmas is approaching, and we are out here getting ready for our Sicilian Christmas. Christmas is a big deal out here, and we’ve both enjoyed everything leading up to it. All the streets are decorated, the bakeries are filled with Panettone and red and green cookies, the air is chilly, and there’s snow up on Mt. Etna. This past weekend we went to two Christmas markets – one down in our little town and one up in the mountain town of Nicolosi. They have little booths filled with crafts and local specialties, and people singing Christmas carols.
We got a (fake) tree (at Ikea) and have it decorated with the ornaments we’ve picked up on our travels. We buy an ornament from everywhere we travel to, so our tree is full of our memories. We are having few friends over for dinner on Christmas Eve, and then on Christmas Day we are going to one of Sean’s coworkers’ house for dinner. A few days after Christmas my friend Michelle is coming out to visit, which we’re really looking forward to.
Right after we got back from Turkey, in the beginning of November, I got to make a quick trip home. I got a part-time job (yay!) that I’m doing from here, but flew back home for a bit to get things set up and figured out with that. It was last minute and unexpected, which made the time I got to spend with family and friends extra-special. It was great to be able to spend a little time at home – I’ve really missed the familiarity and everyone there.
We are sad that we aren’t able to come home for the holidays, but are looking forward to making holiday memories out here. So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!